Dr. Willie Bradley
2017, Doctor of Education in Higher & Postsecondary Education from Argosy University, Atlanta
Alabama Department of Transportation Deputy Director (Fleet Management)
“Argosy University, Atlanta offered rolling enrollment, ensuring I didn’t have to delay starting my doctoral degree.”
First African American to be appointed by the Governor as Deputy Director to the Alabama Department of Transportation
Dr. Willie Bradley is the deputy director (fleet management) for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT). He began his career at the state level working in the Department of Finance as the chief of logistics. This experience allowed him to gain valuable insight into state logistics before transitioning into his current appointed position.
ALDOT oversees the state’s interstates, water ways, air transport, bridges, roads, and drones. Dr. Bradley manages the fleet operations of all 8,800 vehicles within the state, including vehicle contracting, purchasing, and leasing and provides vehicle planning support to state colleges and universities.
Bradley is a retired active duty United States Army lieutenant colonel who served in four combat conflicts areas during his eight years in Germany. He participated in Operation Desert Storm/Shield and served as the youngest Battalion S3/operations and planning officer (captain). For his service, he received the Army’s Bronze Star. Additionally, Bradley served as the Rhine River commander and was selected as the Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC) officer of the year.
“I spent 22 years in the military and served as a college instructor on base teaching young soldiers who were working toward obtaining their associate’s degrees,” he said. He then transitioned from military life to join Alabama’s fourth largest high school as an administrator. “I wanted to work toward my Doctor of Education degree. Argosy University, Atlanta offered enrollment right away, ensuring I didn’t have to delay starting my doctoral degree.” He used his Veterans’ Administration benefits to pay for his education.
“Having a terminal degree adds credibility to my experience as a military senior leader,” Bradly stated. “Argosy University, Atlanta’s rigorous academics allowed me to obtain educational success and validate my experience-based success.”
In addition to his government work, Bradley is a senior minister with Anointed Remnant International Ministries (ARIM), a global organization that includes preaching, leadership and guidance both physically and via Skype. He also recently spent 12 days in Liberia on mission work. In January of 2018, he formed the Bradley Academic & Athletic Scholarship Help Company, which educates parents on how to obtain scholarship opportunities for their children. He plans to conduct three events per year and was inspired to establish the scholarship after his two sons received scholarships to play college football.
Bradley mentioned that his desire to give back to the community comes from his family. “I have been so blessed and I want to give back and help,” he said. He describes himself as a country boy from southeast Alabama who pursued sports to get off of the farm and earn his way through college. His daughter studies social work in college and his wife leads efforts for the National Day of Prayer.
He recommends that current students make their education a priority and that they utilize and apply the knowledge provided by their instructors. “Argosy University, Atlanta has a great faculty and staff,” he stated. “I learned that if you’re going to become a professional educator, you must be 100% devoted to the cause. Teach to your highest level of expertise.” While it took him over seven years to finish his degree, he acknowledges it was worth the effort. “Make obtaining your degree a reality. As long as you are making progress, it’s a step forward.”
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